How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)

How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)

With all the cooking that’s been going on around here lately, I could really use a new apron. And since I had a few extra napkin laying around from the bleached acid wash napkins project, I figured we might as well use them to whip up a little something.

These aprons are SUPER easy to create…Two quick lines of sewing and you’re done! Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)


– tea towel (we used napkins from the bleached napkins DIY)
– cotton cord or rope (long enough to use as a waste tie)
– sewing machine or all-purpose needle and thread
– iron and ironing board


Fold over about 3 inches of the long edge of your tea towel with the wrong sides together. Once sewn, this will create a channel along the top of the apron. Iron the tea towel and press the folded crease.

Sew along the folded edge of the tea towel, keeping a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew another seam, parallel to the first one, 1″ from the first seam. Feel free to use a larger seam allowance for the second seam if you are using a thick cord. Back-tack all seams to prevent unraveling.

Cut your desired length of cotton cord for the waist tie. Knot the ends of the cording to prevent fraying. Pass the cord through the space between the two sewn seams.

How to Sew a Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less (with a Linen Napkin)

Not too bad for two lines of sewing, huh? I have three of four of these now and use them all the time for cooking and crafting.

You could easily add a pocket too, for paint brushes or other random items. But I kind of like the simplicity of this sans pocket. One less thing to sew, you know?

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

DIY Cafe Apron in Ten Minutes or Less

Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Sewing by Linda Jednaszewski
Step by step photos and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Looking for a no-sew version of this project? Try this no-sew cafe apron using an old scarf.

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So pretty, Brittni!


Thank you Maritza.


This is really cute! I think it’d be a great quick gift for all the cooks and bakers in my life, too!
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Thanks Heather. How fun! This would be a great (and inexpensive) gift for a cook or baker.


This looks adorably cute! I love it!
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Thanks Michelle.


This is so cute!!! Definitely trying this! Would make such a cute hostess gift as part of a little hamper <3 xx
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Ah – this is just darling!
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Lovely, definitely have to look for napkins at the second hand shop. I never use the pockets on mine, I always manage to bend over and drop everything!
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So cute and I love the shade of the tea towel!
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Such a great idea! I love the endresult; it’s so cute! Also, I adore your dress!
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